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Supporting vulnerable children at risk of violence, including involvement in gangs, and their families
The project was set up following a direct appeal by young street gang members and works by giving communities a sense of their responsibility to their children and giving young people the support and confidence they need to seek alternatives to violence. Project volunteers and staff are trusted and respected by the local community – and by the gangs. They are trained in mediation techniques based on restorative justice – a pioneering social justice methodology used in South Africa and Northern Ireland, which actively involves victim, perpetrator and the wider community in the process of reconciliation.